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    Forum outlines solar power initiatives

    Hakim Hayat

    Brunei is set to generate up to 100 megawatts (MW) of power through solar panel technology by 2025 through its national solar pathway that will see the installation of more solar panels in potential areas.

    This was stated by Abdul Matiin Kasim from the Renewable Energy Unit, Ministry of Energy (ME) at the Renewable Energy Policy and Development Forum in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021’s Energy Theme Week at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday.

    The ME has set a target of at least 30 per cent of renewable energy in installed power capacity by 2035 primarily on solar energy.

    To create a momentum on building renewable energy infrastructure, the Department of Electrical Services (DES) has recently installed two more solar PV systems at Temburong District Bumiputra Building and Temburong

    District Office. The private sector and corporate bodies have also taken a paradigm shift towards a more proactive role in supporting the national renewable energy efforts. Such efforts include the recently-launched 3.3MW Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Solar Plant in Seria and Berakas Power Company Rooftop Solar PV system.

    Abdul Matiin said as part of the plan by 2025, the 3MW Tenaga Suria Solar Plant in Seria will be expanded to generate more power in 2022, in addition to plans to install more solar plants in Bukit Panggal, Gadong, Belingus, Batu Apoi and a 30MW Solar plant for energy intensive industries to meet the 100MW target by 2025.

    The ME is targetting the use of up to 100 hectares of land in the initiative, which has the potential to spur the renewable energy industry development, green jobs creation and lowering grid emissions.

    Although the target seems challenging and ambitious, Abdul Matiin said it is still attainable, and requires constant technology and resource assessment to ensure a seamless renewable energy grid integration.

    Abdul Matiin Kasim from the Renewable Energy Unit, Ministry of Energy. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT
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